Skip to main content

Reply to this post | See parent post | Go Back
View Post [edit]

Poster: patkelleyPA Date: Nov 20, 2008 8:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: First Foray Into 80s Dead - Where To Start??

You prefer LSD-crazed amateur hippie musicians then?

Reply to this post
Reply [edit]

Poster: Dhamma1 Date: Nov 20, 2008 8:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: First Foray Into 80s Dead - Where To Start??

Yup. It, too, is an acquired taste.

Seriously, I think that maybe we each love the Dead we knew in our youth. By the 1980s, I was carrying around babies, a mortgage, a career, and other things that minimized my enthusiasm for the Dead. But 15 years earlier, I ran to the record store when American Beauty and Europe 72 came out. Certain crystal notes in Jerry's playing still evoke nocturnal journeys I took in late adolescence, teasing long-lost memories out of the attics of my life. Nothing of the sort happens when I listen to 80s shows. :-)

Reply to this post
Reply [edit]

Poster: patkelleyPA Date: Nov 20, 2008 9:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: First Foray Into 80s Dead - Where To Start??

I get into some of the old (primal?) stuff, but not a lot of it. I think that by the '80s, they really turned into pros who knew how to work a crowd, who were mature and polished musicians and were a band who, even when they were "off," were able to put together a performance that could blow your mind on some levels.

Reply to this post
Reply [edit]

Poster: Bob Gnarley Date: Nov 20, 2008 9:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: First Foray Into 80s Dead - Where To Start??

I saw all of my shows between '82 and '95, but I rarely listen to anything post-retirement these days.